The Mountain View City Council Dec. 4 accepted an $89,000 grant from Google to expand technology and outreach services in the city. The Mountain View Public Library will partner with the high-tech company to broaden library services.
“We believe in making technology and information accessible to everyone and are grateful for this opportunity to help the library increase access to information for the Mountain View community,” said Veronica Bell, public policy and government relations senior manager for Google.
Public libraries offer free access to the Internet, typically via desktop computers. As more residents use mobile devices, the service will develop beyond traditional technology. With part of the proceeds from the Google grant, the Mountain View Public Library will begin offering a laptop/tablet loan service.
“We are very fortunate to partner with Google to expand the library’s technology services to the public,” said Rosanne Macek, library director. “Starting next year, we will be offering laptops and tablets that the public will be able to check out and use in the library. This will allow us to better meet the demand for access to the Internet, respond to current technology trends and help educate the public about new technologies.”
The grant will also support library outreach to the community through Mobile Library Services. Google has been a longtime partner in delivering bookmobile services to preschools, senior facilities and corporate campuses.